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A brief lesson on the lives of immigrants in North Carolina

A brief lesson on the lives of immigrants in North Carolina

Immigration is one of the most contentious issues of our time. Debates on the matter — both generally and with …

May 28th, 2016 |  

Political Coin Lands On Its Edge

Political Coin Lands On Its Edge

RALEIGH — So far, 2016 has turned out to be a momentous year in state politics — and the general …

May 27th, 2016 |  

Why I’ve changed my mind about the death penalty

Why I’ve changed my mind about the death penalty

I’ve always been known as a tough-on-crime, pro-law enforcement individual, and I still am. During my years as a North …

May 26th, 2016 |  

On HB2, warning signs abound, but state leaders just keep on driving

On HB2, warning signs abound, but state leaders just keep on driving

As the fallout from HB2 continues to pile up, one bad news story at a time, I am reminded of …

May 25th, 2016 |  

Will $500 help struggling universities?

Will $500 help struggling universities?

Most of our state’s 16 public universities are thriving but the UNC Board of Governors and our General Assembly continue …

May 24th, 2016 |  

Follow the money: The House’s budget doubles down on tax cuts

Follow the money: The House’s budget doubles down on tax cuts

The $22.225 billion budget proposal that the state House of Representatives released for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year reflects the …

May 23rd, 2016 |  

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: With the furor over HB2, none of its critics hit the truth of the matter: HYPOCRISY! The …

May 21st, 2016 updated: May 21st, 2016. |  

Consider a few other voices on HB2

Consider a few other voices on HB2

As you form your own opinions about House Bill 2, you’ve probably heard from LGBT activists. And you’ve probably listened …

May 20th, 2016 |  

They just don’t get it

They just don’t get it

What do a billionaire and a socialist have in common? Yes, both are running for President but, more importantly, both …

May 20th, 2016 |  

The HB2 loophole myth

The HB2 loophole myth

As expected, the Justice Department recently advised North Carolina that HB2 (the “bathroom bill”) violates federal civil rights statues and …

May 19th, 2016 |  

Will interest rates remain low?

Will interest rates remain low?

The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a …

May 18th, 2016 updated: May 18th, 2016. |  

How to pay teachers more

How to pay teachers more

State lawmakers in Raleigh are about to release their budget plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Although they may not …

May 17th, 2016 |  

The evolution of Gov. Pat McCrory into right-wing culture warrior

The evolution of Gov. Pat McCrory into right-wing culture warrior

One of the many repercussions of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in March, …

May 15th, 2016 |  

How North Carolina got in the fiscal fix it is in

How North Carolina got in the fiscal fix it is in

As state lawmakers work to prepare budget adjustments for the new fiscal year that commences July 1, it’s increasingly clear …

May 14th, 2016 |  

Unaffiliated candidates fight for ballot access

Unaffiliated candidates fight for ballot access

Like dozens of his N.C. General Assembly colleagues, N.C. Rep. John Bradford III, a Cornelius Republican, thought he would have …

May 13th, 2016 |  

Finding our way out of a locked bathroom

Finding our way out of a locked bathroom

What can we do about House Bill 2? Polls show North Carolinians divided about the new law. Answers to polling …

May 12th, 2016 |  

Legislative budget proposal would lock in a formula for failure

Legislative budget proposal would lock in a formula for failure

Just a few weeks into the 2016 state legislative session, North Carolinians already are seeing how limited policymakers’ aspirations are …

May 11th, 2016 |  

Wage gains mostly going to folks already doing well

Wage gains mostly going to folks already doing well

Real wages for most North Carolinians are still lower than when the economy hit its most recent nadir in 2009. …

May 10th, 2016 |  

Fix it

Fix it

The raging debate over House Bill 2 won’t end and has become a political football, only this is a not …

May 10th, 2016 |  

Gerrymandering shields lawmakers from HB2 backlash

Gerrymandering shields lawmakers from HB2 backlash

Even amidst the bombast of this presidential primary season, HB2 continues to push North Carolina into the spotlight. Amazingly, our …

May 9th, 2016 |  

Investments that are MIA in Governor McCrory’s budget

Investments that are MIA in Governor McCrory’s budget

Deep tax cuts are preventing Gov. McCrory from proposing a bold, visionary state budget for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year. …

May 8th, 2016 |  

Salaries, bonuses subject of budget debate

Salaries, bonuses subject of budget debate

It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the …

May 7th, 2016 |  

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